CHUGGER is a, to me, new Swedish band that i haven’t heard of before. So what better way to do so than an interview. Answers by Robin Lagerborg. Anders Ekdahl ©2020
We all come into music with our own baggage. We want different things from the music. How does the vision you had for the band when you started compare to the vision you have for the band today? What is this band really all about? What do you want with your music?
-This is an interesting question. For me music is always about different emotions, what kind of mood am I in and what do I want the people listening to feel and how can they relate to it. And that’s mainly what I want to get out of writing music as well as when listening. When I join Chugger, they already had a sound and a vision for the band. I saw its potential and felt that I really could contribute to make the band even better. And I really think we as a band has accomplished that with this new album and version 2.0 of Chugger.
Is there a difference in people’s attitude towards you if you don’t come from a cool place like LA or NY or London
– Well I don’t know really, haven’t got the opportunity to play there yet. But I hope it’s kinda the same, we want all our fans and the people coming to our shows to enjoy themselves and enjoy our music. We have been playing in Europe and the vibe is kinda the same, abit crazier in like Slovakia than Sweden in a good way!
When you release an album that get pretty good feedback, how do you follow up on that? How important is that I as a fan can identify album to album?
-Well just keep on working hard, and make sure that people see the feedback and gets their ears filled with Chugger! I think that is important, that they recognize the sound the band logo and the artwork.
What is the biggest challenge in the creation of an album? How do you write the really cool songs?
-Oh, were do I start?! Its always tricky getting started like the first ideas of what you want the album to sound like. Once you get one or two descent songs done. The rest just kinda flows and you have a sense of direction and a theme so to say.
I saw Dave Grohl’s documentary about Sound City and it made me wonder what it is about analogue recording that you don’t get with digital? Have you ever recorded analogue?
-Well haven’t seen that one, have to check it out! Well..I really don’t know, that’s the theme of my answers here, haha! I’ve heard a lot of pros and cons about both digital and analogue recordings. And I honestly don’t know what’s better, we recorded everything digitally and the Fredman did re-amp the whole thing. And it sounds awesome, and it’s easy and fast so I’m happy with that. Guess also it’s kinda the same whit using Tube Amps or the Kemper / axe Fx. Just do what ever you thing fits you the best!
What is it like to sit there with a finished album? Do you think much what people will think of it?
-The first feeling I get is that it’s kinda sad, I love working on new stuff and recording it with Rob Kuklaat Obsidian Recordings. So first it’s like “oh shit..I’m done? What will I do now?” Then it’s just a amazing feeling of relief and pride! “we just made a new kick ass record boys, how about that!?” Then it’s the long wait for mix and master, then when it’s all complete you just want people to hear it! And you want to know what people think of it. And this time we knew, this was a killer record!
How important are the lyrics and what message do you want to purvey?
-guess that would be a question for David, but I’ll answer from my perspective. Depending on what genre and style you play lyric content can be super deep or just jibberish. As long as the timing and the phrasing is on point. But the great thing about lyrics is that you can always interpret them in you own way and get strength and joy out of them different ways. But we always have like a theme for the songs and then it’s up to you to feel what you feel.
Ever since I first got into metal the art work has been a main motivator in buying a record. What part does art work for album covers play in the world of the band
-Well I think the cover art is still just as important even at this digital era, it’s a statement and it tells you a story about what to expect from the album itself. And as Vinyl is on the rise again I think a great cover art is important.
When you play live do you notice a degree of greater recognition from the fans with each new time you pass through town?
-Yes absolutely, and that’s also a lot because of the internet and the digital platforms I’d say. People don’t have to buy your ew album just to get a taste of the music. And if they like it they come to the show and buy merch and whatnot. So Absolutely.
What do you see in the future?
-The end of Corona, and people wanting to see bands play live show’s again. And we’ll try to get as many gigs as possible. The world needs music and it needs new music and new bands so here we go!